Hail No to a New Stadium at RFK - Add Your Name Below

Read my August 1, 2023 op-ed in the Washington Post.

If you believe the 190 acres of RFK's campus could be more than the next NFL stadium, say #HailNo and sign this petition below:

"As a DC resident, I am against a deal that gives away a single square foot of land or a single District tax dollar to build a new stadium.

  • I believe the 190 acres alongside the Anacostia River could be so much more than oceans of asphalt for surface parking and a 60,000 seat stadium.

  • On average, most NFL stadiums only hold 10 to 20 events annually outside of eight NFL home games, meaning the stadium sits empty more than 300 days a year. An enormous space that sits empty doesn’t spur economic growth or create meaingful jobs and doesn’t help the surrounding community.

  • Make no mistake - people drive to NFL games and they're going to park somewhere, regardless of how much is available. At San Francisco's new stadium, they had to rent out all of the parking lots at a nearby amusement park. Where do you think people will park around RFK if there isn't enough parking for fans?

  • Nationwide, since 1997 we've seen the NFL pit communities against each other while collecting more than $6.7 billion dollars from taxpayers to build stadiums for privately-owned teams. Overall, local taxpayers end up footing around half the bill for a new NFL stadium.  

  • The costs of these projects are always higher than estimated. The five most recent newly-constructed NFL stadiums have surpassed more than $1 billion dollars each!

  • As a DC resident, I don't want to see DC hoodwinked into paying for a billionaire's stadium. The District needs our tax dollars to create new housing at all levels, support local DC entrepreneurs who run small and local business, take urgent steps forward to shift to a 100% clean energy environment, build larger and modern schools for our growing city, fund our Metro system, and in general spend money to make life better and easier for DC residents.

  • Sitting on the banks of the historic Anacostia River, a new stadium and all of the traffic and trash that would come along, would set the Anacostia River's improvement back. RFK has never had to meet standards set by the National Environmental Policy Act, and I am concerned any deal worked out under the outgoing Congress would try to extend the exemption to holding the site accountable to environmental standards.

Dedicating millions of dollars to bring an NFL stadium to the District is a bad deal and a poor use of an incredible opportunity. 

Thank you."

Who's signing

Tim Garland
elinor berg
Tim Carlton
Christopher Andrews
Alexander Dolan
Sara Carnochan
Andrew Radin
Rm Berger
walter willson
Helen Schietinger
Daria Scala
Lara Fife
Molly Milgrom
Simone Campbell
Judith Coode
Virginia Miller
Robert Rudney
Anne-marie Engel
Benjamin Cichy
Diane Roche
Christina Cerna
Suzanne Adair
Brent Huggins
Elizabeth Patterson
joelle rudney
Gabriele Strauch
Christina Coscia-Brown
Mary Ann Smith
Art Laffin
Lovey Guillory
4,000 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Tim Garland
    signed 2019-03-22 17:03:54 -0400
  • elinor berg
    signed 2019-03-22 15:00:56 -0400
  • Tim Carlton
    signed 2019-03-22 14:36:56 -0400
  • Christopher Andrews
    signed 2019-03-22 08:02:59 -0400
  • Alexander Dolan
    signed 2019-03-12 11:42:54 -0400
  • Sara Carnochan
    signed via 2019-02-22 13:40:21 -0500
  • Andrew Radin
    signed via 2019-02-21 23:44:42 -0500
    This space can be much better used than a football stadium
  • Rm Berger
    signed 2019-02-21 09:50:09 -0500
  • walter willson
    signed 2019-02-20 11:16:11 -0500
  • Helen Schietinger
    signed 2019-02-20 09:47:22 -0500
  • Daria Scala
    signed via 2019-02-20 09:25:20 -0500
    We are long-time DC residents and oppose giving more money for a football stadium.
  • Lara Fife
    signed 2019-02-19 14:09:15 -0500
    The last thing DC needs is yet another sports stadium that will NOT bring jobs and only use tax payers money for no good.
  • Molly Milgrom
    signed 2019-02-18 14:00:47 -0500
  • Simone Campbell
    signed 2019-02-18 10:30:42 -0500
  • Judith Coode
    signed 2019-02-18 06:27:35 -0500
  • Virginia Miller
    signed 2019-02-17 22:05:41 -0500
  • Robert Rudney
    signed 2019-02-17 21:14:10 -0500
  • Anne-marie Engel
    signed 2019-02-17 17:01:38 -0500
  • Benjamin Cichy
    signed 2019-02-17 16:41:14 -0500
  • Diane Roche
    signed 2019-02-17 13:39:40 -0500
  • Christina Cerna
    signed via 2019-02-17 13:34:31 -0500
  • Suzanne Adair
    signed 2019-02-17 13:21:35 -0500
  • Brent Huggins
    signed 2019-02-17 10:43:33 -0500
    We need more housing and less tax payer funded, racist football teams. All that parking is non-permeable and will hurt the river with runoff.
  • Elizabeth Patterson
    signed 2019-02-17 09:32:31 -0500
  • joelle rudney
    signed via 2019-02-17 09:24:53 -0500
    Build affordable housing instead so families can stay in DC
  • Gabriele Strauch
    signed 2019-02-16 21:23:08 -0500
  • Christina Coscia-Brown
    signed 2019-02-16 20:54:59 -0500
  • Mary Ann Smith
    signed 2019-02-16 20:45:37 -0500
    Mary Ann Ann Smith
  • Art Laffin
    signed 2019-02-16 18:55:05 -0500
    Art Laffin
  • Lovey Guillory
    signed 2019-02-16 17:51:16 -0500